Invitation to top innovators to help shape a new European Innovation Council

The European Commission is inviting Europe's top innovators to join a High Level Group that will advise on the design of a potential European Innovation Council (EIC).


The EIC aims at stimulating European innovative start-ups and SMEs to grow into world-beating businesses by providing support for innovators who are aiming to develop and deploy ground-breaking, disruptive innovations that can create new markets.

A "Call for Expressions of Interest" has been announced inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates. The High Level Group will have up to 12 members who would start work by the end of 2016.


Workshop: European Innovation Council Call for Ideas: what was said, and where we could go from here

On 13 July 2016, the Commission organised a workshop in Brussels with about 100 stakeholders to discuss the outcome of the Call for Ideas on the EIC. The aims were to verify that the overview collating the responses fairly represents stakeholders' views, and to generate additional insights to inform the setting up of a possible EIC.


Designing a European Innovation Council: A Call for Ideas


On 16 February, the European Commission launched a public consultation to gather ideas for a European Innovation Council to support Europe's most promising innovators. This call closed on 29 April and the European Commission will now analyse the replies.

You can read some of the position papers we’ve received on the ‘Your ideas’ page and initial results of the call for ideas will be published here soon.


The European Innovation Council

Positive steps have been taken in recent years to integrate an innovation component into EU programmes and policies, in particular Horizon 2020. However, the array of support mechanisms can be difficult to navigate, and lacks the flexibility and responsiveness that disruptive innovation requires.

Commissioner Moedas launched the Call for Ideas at the Science|Business Annual Conference in Brussels. He said that "Europe has excellent science, but we lack disruptive market-creating innovation. This is what is needed to turn our best ideas into new jobs, businesses and opportunities." While the number of start-ups created in Europe is on a par with competitors such as the United States, Europe lags behind in disruptive innovation and in scaling start-ups into world-beating businesses. A European Innovation Council could contribute to solving this problem.


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